Prices for Probate
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We charge legal fees for dealing with and administering a straightforward estate within UK, whether or not there is a valid will, usually in the region of 3% of the value of the gross assets plus VAT at 20%, with a minimum fee of £3,000 plus VAT at 20%. This is for the full estate administration which includes:
- Collecting information and valuations with regard to the Assets and Liabilities of the estate
- Preparing HM Revenue & Customs Inheritance Tax Forms as appropriate
- Applying for the Grant of Representation
- Collecting in the assets of the estate and settling any liabilities
- Arranging the sale/transfer of any assets as appropriate
- Distributing the estate to the beneficiaries
- Dealing with administration tax
- Preparation of estate accounts.
If assistance is required for only some specific elements of the administration, we can agree specific fees for the work required.
Our Legal Fees
As an example, a fixed percentage based on the gross value of the estate assets (e.g. 3% of the value of the gross assets plus VAT at 20%) based on an estate value of £500,000 would be £15,000 plus VAT at 20% but this may go up or down depending on the final estate value.
However the exact legal fee may vary depending on the composition of the estate assets and liabilities and their values. The percentage rate may vary if:
- The % rate may be lower where the estate is over £1million, especially if there are only a few assets
- The estate is very straightforward, with just a few assets of significant value
- The complexity of the likely administration, see the factors listed below, may require a higher fee.
Payments to third parties (disbursements) in addition to our legal fees
These typically include items such as*:
- Probate court fees £273 plus £1.50 for each additional sealed copy
- Notices to creditors in the London Gazette & local newspaper, estimated between £150 and £200 plus VAT at 20%
- Valuation fees (VAT is chargeable at 20%) for property, chattels and stocks & shares
- Estate agent fees (VAT is chargeable at 20%), if selling an estate property
- Conveyancing fees (VAT is chargeable at 20%), if selling or transferring a property, including Land Registry fees
- Stockbroker/registrar fees (VAT is chargeable at 20%), if selling or transferring shares and/or investments
- The cost of any insurances required
- Fees of our tax team (estimated between £500-£1000 plus VAT at 20%) or an accountant to finalise tax to the date of death.
Any fees & disbursements, debts and Inheritance Tax payable will be paid from the assets of the estate.
*This is not an exhaustive list.
Factors Our Fees are Calculated On
There might be some additional charges depending upon some additional factors. We will advise you of these if there is any need to charge additional costs. Some of these factors are as follows:
Additional Complicating factors:
- A large number of assets, beneficiaries or complex provisions in the will
- Any foreign property or foreign assets
- Any estate subject to claims for Agricultural Property Relief and/or Business Property Relief
- Dealing with any disputes or claims between the parties or relating to the assets, debts or tax.
Additional work that may be needed:
- Registering the death and arranging the funeral service
- Finalising the deceased’s personal tax affairs to the date of death
- Obtaining details of lifetime gifts (if information is not known to the executor)
- DWP overpaid benefit claims if an investigation is undertaken
- Negotiating with HMRC any valuations for IHT purposes and submitting any Corrective Accounts where the initial values submitted to HMRC may have changed
- Any planning or development issues relating to land
- Arranging indemnities relating to missing documents or certificates (plus any disbursement).
- Instructing any tracing agents to locate missing beneficiaries (plus any disbursement)
- Submitting returns for Capital Gains Tax, if needed, following the sale of a property.
Additional work that may add value:
- Claims for the following (where applicable) to reduce the Inheritance Tax liability:
- Any Transferable Nil Rate Band from a late spouse
- The Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) and any downsizing addition
- Any used carry forward of a late spouse’s RNRB.
- Claims for loss reliefs to reduce Inheritance Tax (if assets are sold at a lower price than at the date of death)
- Advising beneficiaries on their own tax position or estate planning in connection with the transfer of assets to them
- Advising on any formal variation of the will or intestacy.
- Advising on any changes to the estate to secure/claim the reduced rate of Inheritance Tax where 10% of the net estate is left to charity (see Post Death Planning below).
- Obtaining details of aggregated trusts (if information is not known to the executor)
- Liaising with Trustees (or their agents) regarding any aggregated trusts for IHT purposes
- Setting up or winding up any trust created in the will
- Advising on any re-arrangement of a trust to secure more effective Inheritance Tax relief.
Timescales - How long does probate take?
Depending on the complexity of the estate and the assets and whether or not there is a Will, the time it takes to obtain a Grant of Probate is typically between 3 – 6 months but can be greater if the Court application is non-standard.
The time to collect the assets following receipt of the Grant can take 3-4 months and if one of the assets is a property then this may take longer as we are dependent on the property market and the legal transactions that need to be in place to sell property.
The average time to deal with an estate is circa 10-12 months. Each case is different and in some cases these timescales may be exceeded.
Who will be dealing with your Wills & Probate.
- Our Wills & Probate team of solicitors 15 years’ experience. Your work will be mostly carried by Mr Sohaib Ahmad who is Managing Director and Supervisor. Ms Sara Arshad is paralegal who will be helping him during this work.